Next Star Party: March 29th
Our next Dark-Sky Star Party is slated for Saturday, March 29 at a NEW LOCATION (see below) at sunset.
As you’ve probably figured out, we’re testing out a couple new ones to see which is the best fit for our club’s needs, specifically a more accessible site with restrooms, plenty of parking, a lot less dusty, and a darker sky. The one for this event is at the private sports fields of Talley Vineyards that is only 20 minutes from downtown SLO.
Please note – this star gazing event is NOT at Talley Vineyards, but at a location on Talley Vineyard’s private property. Here’s how you find it.
- Take Lopez Drive toward Lopez Lake.
- Make a RIGHT onto Trout Farm Road. If you already know where Biddle Park is on Lopez Drive, Trout Farm Road is 0.7 miles east of Biddle Park. If not, Trout Farm Road is 2.0 miles east from the intersection of Orcutt and Lopez Drive. Look for signs – we’re posting them at Trout Farm. If you’ve gone to the Lake, you’ve missed Trout Farm Road.
- As soon as you cross a small bridge, immediately stay to the right and go past a tree growing in the middle of the road (no kidding).
- For folks WITHOUT a telescope, park BEFORE you get to the fence and portable restrooms on the left side. You’ll see a sign that says “Star Gazing” on the fence. Walk past the fence and onto the field where the scopes are.
- For folks WITH a telescope, drive through the fenced area and park along the side of the road (please do not drive on the grass) and unload. There’s a LOT of space to set up, so find the right spot for you. You’ll need to park your vehicle to behind the fence (with the rest of the folks) once you’re set up.
- Physical address of OJ Talley fields is 4294 Lopez Drive, AG 93420.
The club purchased additional banner signs and glow sticks so you’ll be able to find us easily. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Here are some guidelines and tips for getting the most out of our star-gazing event:
In a nutshell, it is a very dark, nighttime gathering of stargazers to view the cosmos through telescopes and binoculars. This is a fundamental activity for astronomy clubs. For some people this is one of their high points each month.
Once a month, CCAS members and friends gather on a very dark location to gaze deep into the cosmos, Ooooing and Aahhhing at each of their deep space discoveries, sometimes grumbling to themselves over not being able to find that particular distant star or get their computerized telescope to work properly.
It is a very friendly atmosphere. The astronomers who participate with their telescopes are always anxious to share their love of astronomy with each other and with anyone who decides to join them for the evening. The public is welcome to attend, learning a little something about telescopes and the skies and hopefully developing an excitement about astronomy. There is no admission charge to attend the star party. One of the driving principals of the CCAS is to promote astronomy in our community, especially the younger generations. As our motto states “Sharing the Skies”.
What if it rains?
This might be obvious, but rain, clouds, and other forms of bad weather cancel our star gazing events. We highly suggest joining our email list, where you’ll get the latest information on whether a star party is a GO or NO-GO depending on weather conditions. We’ll also send you an astronomy guide to help you get started in your astronomy adventure!